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Enugu 2023 Guber: Enugu Monarch makes case for Nkanu East; urges Ugwuanyi to pick successor from there

Enugu 2023 Guber: Enugu Monarch makes case for Nkanu East; urges Ugwuanyi to pick successor from there


…Applauds Ugwuanyi’s Peace Mantra

By Chetanne Chinelo, Enugu


As the political atmosphere in Enugu continues to thicken, especially in relation to who becomes the successor to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, a foremost Traditional Ruler, His Royal Highness, Eze Barr. Igwesi O. Igwesi, Eze Chinawaeze III of Obuoffia, Awkunanaw, Nkanu West LG, has called on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the people of Enugu State to consider a Guber candidate from Nkanu East local government.

The Monarch’s call is the latest in the build up to the 2023 Governorship election in the state.

Prominent leaders and stakeholders like Senator Jim Nwobodo, Senator Ken Nnamani, Chief Dubem Onyia, Ambassador Justina Eze among others have supported Nkanu East to produce the next governor.


Speaking to newsmen in his Royal Palace of Justice and Peace, Igwe Igwesi said allowing the people of Nkanu East to produce the next governor would help lift the area from its current backwardness.

“For a while, there has been this tussle and seeming disagreement on where the next governor will come from. All persons concerned are my people. People from Enugu North and Enugu West Senatorial Zones are brothers to Enugu East Senatorial Zone. Since 1999, PDP has been at the helm of affairs. The agreement may not have been written but that doesn’t mean it is not enforceable.

“Having moved from Enugu East to West and North, it becomes imperative that I make this passionate appeal to our brothers from Enugu West and Enugu North senatorial zones to allow a peaceful rotation of power back to Enugu East.

“It is true that the constitution permits anyone to run for office once he or she meets the statutory requirements but I also know that good things do not end alone with the position of the Governor. If by rotation you won’t be favored, please hold on. I believe this appeal will be listened to”, he said.


While opining that Enugu East Senatorial Zone should discuss micro zoning too, the Monarch said: “I also appeal to the people of Enugu East Senatorial Zone to give peace and justice a chance. No one escorted another to this world, so, I encourage everyone to gather and garner support for Nkanu East to produce the next governor.

“I’m appealing to the Governor to ‘anoint’ someone from Nkanu East as the next governor of the state. There’s need for sufficient government presence to be felt in Nkanu East. While we are not saying that all developments should be concentrated in Nkanu East, this will give them an opportunity for development. Nkanu East is a local government without any serious state or federal infrastructure. Let us give them the knife to share this time around. By so doing, we will be being patriotic and one’s brother’s keeper”.

Igwe Igwesi took his argument further by stating that the consideration of an Nkanu East candidate will further expand Enugu as a capital.


“The next government should see how to create a new Enugu in Nkanu East. The present capital of Enugu can no longer sufficiently function as the capital of the Southeast or Eastern region, thus the need for expansion.

“I’m of the opinion that the entire Nkanu should be developed to become the capital of Igbo land. This will also reduce the reckless land grabbing in Enugu. It will be interesting if the politicians will put this into work.”

Applauding Governor Ugwuanyi’s peaceful disposition and the need to maintain it in the state, he insisted that one of the qualities of who should be considered should be the attribute of Peace.

“When it is given to any person from Nkanu East, I’m pleading that whomever it is should be a peaceful person. We do not want a governor who sees an opposing voice as a consumable. Let that incoming Governor borrow a leaf from Governor Ugwuanyi. From what I have seen, as a governor, he remains consultative. Condemn him anywhere and you will see him inviting you for a discussion to sort out what the grouse is.

“Let the next governor consolidate on this peaceful disposition of Ugwuanyi. The next governor must also be highly tolerant of his people” he stated.


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